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OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Interagency contracting , mulitiple-award contracts , business cases , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , Jason Miller , contracting

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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OFPP sets new rules for creating multiple-award contracts

Agencies must develop a business case and post it on an internal government site for others to comment on. OFPP also wants senior acquisition officials to sign off on justifications before moving out with a final solicitation. The new guidance comes as GAO and others have found the proliferation of multiple award contracts is costing agencies and vendors millions of dollars.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , GWACs , Acquisition policy , Jason Miller , Chief Acquisition Officer

Friday - 09/30/2011, 01:03pm EDT

GSA launches YouTube-inspired contest for how-to videos

Jessica Milcetich, a GSA social media strategist, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss GSA's video challenge contest.

Tags: Gov 2.0 , social media , jennifer milcetich

Friday - 09/30/2011, 10:06am EDT
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DHS picks CGI to provide cloud Web services

The $1.8 million dollar deal is the first under GSA's governmentwide infrastructure-as-a-service contract.

Tags: technology , industry , contracting , DHS , CGI , cloud computing , infrastructure-as-a-service , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 04:15pm EDT

How effective are e-government projects?

Valerie Melvin, GAO's director of information management and human capital issues, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss the watchdog agency's latest report on e-government projects.

Tags: Valerie Melvin , GAO , E-Government Fund , OMB , FedRAMP , cloud computing

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 10:00am EDT
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Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 29

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , hiring reform , VA , Mark Center , CSC

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 08:42am EDT

Wednesday morning federal headlines - Sept. 28

On today's Federal Drive: OMB takes a more hands-off approach in giving agencies 2013 budget guidance, two companies dropped their protest of an Interior Department cloud-computing contract and the USPS debt deadline is extended.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , OMB , budget , Jack Lew , NASA , USPS ,

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 08:30am EDT

Senate leaders to attempt a compromise as shutdown looms

Time for lawmakers to pass a continuing resolution is running short as the fiscal year ends Friday. The Senate rejected the House version of CR Friday, and will take up debate on its version Monday afternoon. In the meantime, cuts to GAO and the E-Government Fund are drawing ire from supporters.

Tags: technology , budget , Congress , House , Senate , Harry Reid , continuing resolution , shutdown , Tom Coburn , Joseph Lieberman , Dave McClure , GAO , OMB , E-Government Fund , Jason Miller , appropriations

Monday - 09/26/2011, 05:38am EDT
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DHS holds fast to St. Elizabeths HQ plan

The Homeland Security Department remains committed to consolidating its headquarters on the campus of a former mental hospital in Washington despite receiving less construction money than anticipated. Officials from DHS, the Coast Guard and the General Services Administration reaffirmed their plans to a House subcommittee. The Coast Guard plans to move first, in 2013.

Tags: Coast Guard , house subcommittee on the coast guard and maritime , DHS , budget , don bathurst , frank lobiondo , Robert Peck , john currier , Emily Kopp , house subcommittee on the coast guard and maritime , St. Elizabeth , House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:38pm EDT
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With email migration done, GSA turns to other cloud services

Agency CIO Casey Coleman said the move to Google's gmail went smoothly and is 99 percent complete. GSA recently hired another cloud service provider to host collaboration tools. Coleman said the agency now is looking at legacy business systems.
September 22, 2011

Tags: technology , industry , Casey Coleman , cloud computing , Google , Email-as-a-service , Business Systems Modernization , collaboration , infrastructure contract , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 09:41pm EDT
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